Münter Worldwide

Exhibitions worldwide


Gabriele Münter & Eudora Welty. In the beginning, photography

June 26, to September 29, 2024, Pavillon Populaire, Montpellier / France


Gabriele Münter (1877-1962) and Eudora Welty (1909- 2001) were two important artists of the 20th century: Gabriele Münter was a recognised painter, a member of the avant-garde painters‘ group „Der Blaue Reiter“ and for a long time the companion of Wassily Kandinsky. Eudora Welty, born in Mississippi, was one of the most talented writers in the American South.

Before Münter and Welty began to explore their respective media, painting and literature, they devoted themselves to the practice of photography.

The young Gabriele Münter used a trip to America in 1898/1900 to take around 100 photographs in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and New York City. She mixed photography and sketching with pencil.

Eudora Welty lived in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1930s. Her photographic work in a documentary style is characterised by a great interest in black women and rural living conditions.

The photography that both women practised at the beginning of their careers was more than just a hobby and signalled the development of their future artistic fields. Such similar activity in a similar area, the southeastern United States, can only astonish and raise questions.

The exhibition will feature around sixty prints by each of the two artists.

Curated by Isabelle Jansen and Gilles Mora.


Gabriele Münter. The Great Expressionist Woman Painter

November 12, 2024 to February 9, 2025, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The retrospective includes more than one hundred paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from Gabriele Münter who rebelled against the limits imposed on women of her day and succeeded in becoming one of the most notable figures of German Expressionism in the early 20th century. The exhibition aims to reveal the rich complexity of an artist who is well known in Germany but has only started to acquire greater status in the rest of Europe in recent years. Housing four of her works in its permanent collections, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is now holding the first retrospective on Gabriele Münter in Spain, thus continuing with its endeavour of researching and promoting the work of many great women artists and the place they merit in history.

The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is collaborating on this project with the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation, Munich and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München. After its Madrid showing a modified version will be seen at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.


Münter in film and audio

Gabriele Münter. Pionnière de l’art moderne

Documentary film in French with German, English and Spanish subtitles


Accompanying the exhibition Gabriele Münter. Pioneer of Modern Art a comprehensive documentary film was produced by Arte, based on interviews and personal writings. The DVD of the documentary film is available here.


Gabriele Münter: In the Shadow of Kandinsky

From June 16, 2023 in the ARD Mediathek


On May 26, NDR Kultur launched the new 30-part series „Die Hauda & die Kunst“ in the ARD Mediathek. In videos running an average of 6 minutes, cultural journalist and presenter Bianca Hauda provides weekly background information on famous artworks from various eras and presents lively stories and scandals from the art world. The June 16, 2023 episode is dedicated to Gabriele Münter.


Far more than just „the wife of …“

From June 7, 2023 on Zeit Online


In the 33rd episode of „Augen zu,“ the art podcast from ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE, Florian Illies and Giovanni di Lorenzo talk about the unusual career of Gabriele Münter. The conversation was recorded live in front of an audience at Schloss Elmau on May 13, 2023.


Vassily Kandinsky & Gabriele Münter, passion et révolution

A documentary film from the collection Duos d’Artistes by Catherine Alvaresse and Julie Grivaux. The filming took place at the Münter House and at the Lenbachhaus.


The film has been shown several times on France 5 and will be broadcast at the MIFAC Film Festival in Angoulême on March 16, 2023.



Gabriele Münter. Retrospective

October 20, 2023 to February 18, 2024, Leopold Museum, Wien


Thanks to exhibitions and publications on her oeuvre, especially throughout the past two decades, Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) has earned wide recognition as one of the leading protagonists of the German avant-garde. Now, the Leopold Museum is the first institution in Austria to dedicate a comprehensive solo exhibition to her work. Divided into ten thematic emphases, the exhibition highlights the stages of the Expressionist painter’s life, which often coincided with changes in her style and lively interest in untested techniques and subjects.

Around 120 exhibits from public and private international collections – including oil paintings, printed graphic works, drawings, photographs, artisanal objects and sketchbooks – afford profound insights into the artist’s multi-faceted oeuvre.

28 loans come from the collection of the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation and four from the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus.

Gabriele Münter. The Human Image

February 11 to May 21, 2023, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg


The Bucerius Kunst Forum is presenting the artist’s work in the exhibition Gabriele Münter. The Human Image in Hamburg. The show looks far beyond the long-established perception of Gabriele Münter (1877–1962) as part of the Blauer Reiter to focus instead on the artist’s portraiture. Beginning with drawings, sketches and photographs from her trip to the USA in 1899–1900, the exhibition goes on to examine the expressive individual and group portraits of the years 1908–1912, the portrait painting and drawings of women during the 1920s, and finally her late portraits of children and herself, providing an insight into the enormous range covered by Münter’s artistic oeuvre.
This exhibition is a collaboration with the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation and the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau Munich.

Modernist Artist Couples. Hans Purrmann and Mathilde Vollmoeller-Purrmann in Discourse

September 25, 2022 to March 26, 2023, Museum Purrmann-Haus, Speyer


In the exhibition Modernist Artist Couples. Hans Purrmann and Mathilde Vollmoeller-Purrmann in Discourse, the paintings and lives of Hans Purrmann and Mathilde Vollmoeller-Purrmann enter into a dialogue with the works and biographies of the artist couples Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky, Max Beckmann and Minna Tube, Reinhold and Sabine Lepsius, Oskar and Marg Moll, Leo von König and Mathilde Tardif and Anna von Hansemann, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin. As key figures in the European modernist avant-garde, all of these artists led painting in new directions.

The works presented in the Museum Purrmann-Haus tell the stories of different partnerships, life models, and artistic careers. On view are expressive self-portraits and portraits, as well as outstanding paintings, drawings, and photographs of the shared lives of important modernist artist couples.

The exhibition includes 21 photographs from the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation.


Making Modernism. Paula Modersohn-Becker, Käthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin

November 12, 2022 to February 12, 2023, Royal Academy of Arts, London


Making Modernism is the first major UK exhibition devoted to pioneering women working in Germany in the early 1900s: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin.

The exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts in London reframes subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes through the experiences and perspectives of these ground-breaking artists.

On display are 65 works, including six important works on loan from the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation.


Gabriele Münter. Pioneer of Modern Art

January 29, 2022 to May 8, 2022, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern


The exhibition Gabriele Münter. Pioneer of Modern Art, which the Zentrum Paul Klee is currently showing, is the first major retrospective of Münter in Switzerland.

The exhibition was a collaboration with the Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation and the Städtische Galerie in the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich.


In the autumn of 2024 the exhibition will be shown in a modified form at the Museo Thyssen-Bornesmisza, Madrid.


Gabriele Münter. Painting to the Point

October 31, 2017 to April 8, 2018, Lenbachhaus Munich


The Lenbachhaus showed the most comprehensive exhibition on Gabriele Münter’s work in 25 years. We sought to offer a broader perspective on Münter’s creative output. We asked questions of art history to highlight its complexity and distinctive qualities and suggested a fuller appreciation of her achievements. Her work as a painter, presented in various thematic sections, was at the heart of the show: from classic genres such as the portrait and the landscape to interiors, abstractions, and her „primitivist“ work, visitors could encounter Münter’s oeuvre in all its richness.

This exhibition was organized by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau and Gabriele Münter and Johannes Eichner Foundation, Munich in cooperation with the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Further stations:

May 3, 2018 to August 19, 2018 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
September 15, 2018 to January 13, 2019, Museum Ludwig, Köln